Introducing The Friday Five: five minutes of workable wisdom from our favourite mind, body and spirit experts to help ease you into the weekend with a bit of love and light.
I spent a few days with Jess on a work trip to Galley Bay in Antigua recently and love her approach to yoga (and life) - yes it's about peace and love, but also about looking good naked and trying to stay sane in the big city.
FIVE YOGIC TIPS FOR A GREAT DAY by JESSICA SKYE
1. Stop. Breathe.
Stop for a moment and observe how you are breathing. Is it through your nose or mouth? It says a lot about your energy - short shallow breaths suggest low drive and higher stress levels. Rejuvenate yourself by simply inhaling and using the full capacity of your lungs, sending calming signals to the brain, releasing anxiety and boosting vitality levels. Just remember, sometimes it’s as simple as taking a moment out from your 9-5.
2. Stand tall
Are you hunched over your desk with your shoulders up near your ears? Check-in with your body and notice what it does when you aren’t aware. There are two easy ways to improve posture – lengthen the crown of your head and neck and slide your shoulders away from your ears to relax the muscles. Finally, don’t forget one of the key yogi mantras - keep your spine long and core strong.
3. Watch your face
Do you ever get told to smile more? Sometimes we create and hold stress in the body without even meaning to. As well as regulating your breathing, try to consciously avoid frowning and clenching your jaw. Not only will you feel more relaxed, you’ll look it too…less frowning means less wrinkles!
4. Be an everyday yogi
Ever feel like you live a ‘hectic-24/7-digital-crazy-login-logout-everything-always-connected’ life? We understand life can get in the way sometimes. If time isn’t on your side and you can’t make a class, find a video on YouTube and practice at home – even for 10 minutes. So switch off your mind (and phone) and take the time to recharge both kinds of batteries.
5. Keep Hydrated
Drink a little more water. We’re an average of 65-70% water so make sure you keep hydrated, especially when working out and on the go. Whether you gulp or sip - staying hydrated is a pretty smart thing to do.
Jess collaborated with GLACÉAU smartwater as part of the #lifedistilled campaign celebrating simplifying life in a complicated world.
GLACÉAU smartwater is the only bottled water in the UK that vapour distils British spring water and then adds electrolytes for a super clean, crisp taste (plus the new sports bottle style is the perfect gym accessory).
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